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Radioactive Compositions: 'El Encín', An Atomic Garden
Year:2017
Research Areas
  • Countryside conservation,
  • Architecture,
  • Cultural heritage
Information
Abstract
In 1950, 'atomic garden' was registered as a new term in the English language, referencing the radio-isotopic experiments at Argonne National Laboratories in Chicago. Nine years later, the Atomic Gardening Society (AGS) was set up by Muriel Howorth in the UK. In these kinds of gardens, plants respire in an atmosphere of radioactive carbon dioxide, which was popularized as a form of breeding through exposure to radioactivity in order to generate useful mutations. Muriel Howorth had identified a social benefit in atomic science: it could provide a clear solution to world hunger. Around the same year that the AGS was founded, experiments in agriculture carried on by the Spanish government resulted in a particular atomic garden located in 'El Encin', a rural property dedicated to agricultural research near Madrid. This garden is a unique space arranged in a circular pattern composed by twenty concentric circumferences. The measurements of its design where based in the necessary range of a radiation dosage. Although it hasn?t been used since the last two decades, it is a rare element of landscape architecture that needs to be brought to light as an important part of our built heritage. To that end, this paper introduces its historical context, analyses its formal, perceptive and ecological characteristics and discusses its inclusion in new programs for environmental education.
International
Si
Congress
ECLAS Conference 2017. 'Creation/Reaction'
960
Place
Londres
Reviewers
Si
ISBN/ISSN
978-9949-536-97-9
Start Date
10/09/2017
End Date
13/09/2017
From page
101
To page
111
Creation/Reaction | ECLAS Conference 2017
Participants
  • Autor: Manuel Rodrigo De la O Cabrera (UPM)
  • Autor: Concepcion Lapayese Luque (UPM)
  • Autor: Francisco Arques Soler (UPM)
Research Group, Departaments and Institutes related
  • Creador: Grupo de Investigación: Paisaje Cultural. Intervenciones contemporáneas en la ciudad y el territorio
  • Departamento: Composición Arquitectónica
  • Departamento: Proyectos Arquitectónicos
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